Welcome to Open Book Blog Hop and Romance on Wheels. This week, we’re talking about Halloween. Traditions, feelings and/or memories.
Memories are bittersweet for me. I grew up in a suburb of St. Louis, Mo., and we had free reign as kids and Halloween. My brother and I left the house as soon as it was dark and we stayed out until the houses stopped handing out candy. We walked blocks and blocks without fear. There were usually a bunch of neighborhood kids with us and it was fun.
The sad part comes in when I remember my kids and now my grandkids don’t have that freedom. I’m not certain that the world is less safe as it was back then, but we didn’t have access to the information back then that we do now. So, my kids only trick or treated with either my husband or myself following them from house to house. My grandkids are the same, always accompanied by a parent. Which is good. The carefree days of running with friends, having a great time without fear.
On the fun side, each year friends of ours, Todd and Lynn Smits, have a Halloween party and over the years, we’ve had some fun costumes. Take a look at a few of them: Roaring 20s a few years ago.
Then we were Captain and Coke one year, that was fun. We also see some fun costumes and getting to put a creative hat on in a different form is invigorating for me.
This year Todd and Lynn’s theme was Crazy Carnival. Now, I hate clowns and I worried that we’d be walking into a clown convention and I’d be creeped out all night, especially with all of the clown nonsense going on in our state lately. Which we did. Too many clowns in one form or another. So, we had to come up with something that said carnival or close.
We came up with Siegfried and Roy. What do you think? The picture is a bit dark and we were in our Siegfried and Roy pose, but we didn’t have a hard time using the restroom and having a drink.